Offer Children a Good Start in Education

The main goal of the school readiness initiative of the Roger Federer Foundation that starts in January 2019 is to provide vulnerable children with a good start into primary education through access to quality Grade R. The Foundation has been active in South Africa since 2010. Its focus areas are the Provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. As stated above, the new initiative will focus on the transition phase from pre-school (Grade R) to primary school (Grade 1). A study commissioned by the Roger Federer Foundation found that in 2017, the number of children attending pre-schools was approximately half the number of children enrolled in Grade 1. Furthermore, Grade R is not yet compulsory and Grade R teachers are poorly qualified and not employed by the state. Therefore, the initiative will not only focus on the children, but also on the schools that should be ready for their pupils.

For this, the program will increase the capacity of Grade R teachers, establish a peer-to-peer mentoring system, sensitize and engage relevant stakeholders such as school inspectors, principles, early grade teachers and parents to the children’s need in the phase of transition, and mobilize them to ensure that schools are in a better position to accommodate young learners. A Child Monitoring Systems will track children’s development and respond to their individual needs in terms of language, numeracy, physical, socioemotional and cognitive development. The strategy supports the National Development Plan 2030 in providing a quality year before children enter Grade 1 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 in ensuring that by 2030 all girls and boys are ready for primary school.

The board has approved a budget of CHF 7,200,000 for the initiative. Its main impact objectives are:

  • Establishment of a child development monitoring system at pre-primary age
  • Increase in children participating in organized learning at least one year before transitioning into primary school
  • Increase in children who are developmentally on track at primary school entrance age
  • Decrease of repetitions and drop-outs in lower grades at school

Implementing Partners

Penreach

Penreach is a non-governmental, non-profit Whole School Development Programme established in 1994 by the Penryn Trust. Penreach’s mission is to improve teaching and learning in Mpumalanga schools and beyond in a holistic manner, through the creation of communities of learning. The program includes the provision of psychosocial support to teachers and vulnerable children, improving state run feeding schemes, growing vegetable gardens, and developing sport and sports facilities. The Roger Federer Foundation has been collaborating with Penreach since 2012.

Penreach

READ

Read Educational Trust is a non-governmental organisation active in rural and urban schools. Read enables further training of teachers and provides schools with material. The teachers are trained how to use resources for teaching children to read and write, and are taught the options of effectively integrating these into lessons. Read was established in 1979 and, since then, has continued to develop. Today, Read works in close cooperation with the education ministry, private donors and schools in order to stem the crisis in the field of education in South Africa. The Roger Federer Foundation has been collaborating with Read since 2010.

READ

Molteno

Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy is a non-profit company founded in 2008. Its mission is to change our world by supporting literacy and language through the provision of teaching and learning materials, as well as institutional training. They further provide classroom mentoring, curriculum support, whole school development, safety and security, as well as governance at schools to developing communities. Additionally, Molteno develops teacher support material and provides adult basic education and training such as an indigenous language program, which is available in eight South African indigenous languages. The Roger Federer Foundation has been collaborating with Molteno since 2014.

Molteno

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South Africa Facts

Population
47.2 Mio
Children under 14
29% of 5,6 mio people
Pre-primary school-age population
4,505,384
Children not in pre-primary education
75%
Precentage of repeaters in primary
99%

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